U.S. may halve Moderna`s vaccine doses to inoculate more people

Healthcare workers given COVID-19 vaccine

"We know it induces identical immune response to the hundred microgram dose and therefore we are in discussion with Moderna and with the FDA", Slaoui said.

The U.S. has also approved a vaccine from Pfizer, which like Moderna's requires two shots.

Moderna and the FDA could not immediately be reached for comment.

U.S. biotech company Moderna said Monday night that Israel's Health Ministry has approved its COVID-19 vaccine and it expects to send its first deliveries to Israel this month.

Dr. Arnold Monto, who was acting chair of the committee during the meetings last month to consider Moderna's and Pfizer's vaccine applications, told CNN Monday that cutting the dose would be out of the ordinary. Both the supply and vaccination goals are falling behind. Why?

The U.S. government has fallen far short of its target of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020.

Throughout the first week of vaccinations at the U.Va. Hospital, the Pfizer vaccine was exclusively used due to its earlier arrival time, though the Moderna vaccine was delivered as of the morning of December 23. On Monday, it became the first country to use a vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. That vaccine is easier to store and transport.

The US on Monday recorded 210,479 new cases and 1,394 additional fatalities as a result of COVID-19. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has secured 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The decision goes against the United Kingdom's recent policy shift to no longer reserve doses for a second round three weeks after the first, instead choosing to administer a single dose to more people.

Pinker, who has kidney disease, said he was "proud" the medicine was invented in Oxford.

Cartier tested positive, though, for COVID-19 - so now he has to wait to get better before getting the vaccine.

Israel is the world's vaccination leader. More than ten percent of its population is already vaccinated.

The staggering human toll, together with an upending of daily social life and a stifling of economic activity, has made the slower-than-expected uptake of available vaccines all the more vexing to authorities.

Beginning Monday, testing site workers, contact tracers, outpatient and ambulatory care providers, dentists, physical therapists, workers at specialized clinics and NYPD medical staff are eligible to receive the vaccine. It is one injection and was created by drugmaker Sinopharm.

'The good news is that it does not appear to be. making people more sick and leading to more death.

Perry, in a statement to Fox News, denied that the bill had any ulterior motive other than to maintain public health.

Britain also reports the presence of a second new version of coronavirus.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is the African Union's chairman.

In Germany, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that the government does not regret its decision previous year to have the European Union order vaccines for all 27 nations.

Almost 265,000 vaccinations have been reported since the program began one week ago.

But medical experts worry that the emergence of a more communicable variant could accelerate a months-long surge of infections and hospitalizations already straining USA healthcare systems to their limits.

Other points in the health ministry document include recommending that an extra, sixth dose be drawn from vials of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine - a practice the companies say is feasible with the right needle and syringe and has been allowed in several countries. Germany has 83 million people.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Caty Weaver was the editor.

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